Why You Might Like Alaska Coffee

You might wonder why Alaska coffee is considered special by those in the know. After all, the far north doesn't have the climate to grow this universally appreciated beverage, so how can it grab the attention like Colombia or Java? Maybe it's because it's so cold up there that Alaskans love their caffeine-rich brew.

Well, it's a fact that Alaskans love coffee. One of the unique features of this frontier state are roadside shacks that sell only espresso and ice cream. They are all drive-through, not sit-in, and they really are shacks. Ten by twelve foot buildings with decorations and signage to catch the eye of motorists make a business up here and keep motorists awake and happy on long trips.

These days, of course, it's a global economy, so there's no reason that far north entrepreneurs should not have access to any raw material they can afford to import. Roasters of caffeinated brews speak of blends of beans from eight or ten different countries to achieve the taste and aroma they want. They also talk about the skill of the roasters and grinders on staff, whose special touch gives an excellence not to be found elsewhere.

With the internet, it's also a global marketplace. For this reason, Alaskan coffees have been attracting notice in the lower 48. Virtual shopping makes it possible to enjoy a cup of Outhouse Blend even in the land of indoor plumbing. Organic products are offered for those who want no chemical residues in their beverages and want to help keep our planet clean.

There is a sense of community in what you'll see concerning Alaskan specialty coffee businesses. Many of these are family firms, while others have a small staff of dedicated partners. Companies work to boost the Alaskan economy with 'buy local' campaigns, help clients open roadside stands by equipping them with supplies and training, or work with community organizations that benefit youth. All of them seem to support small farmers around the world by buying free trade products.

When it comes time for a gift that will be a pleasant and complete surprise, you might think of a sample size of several blends with strange names. Deadman's Reach, Bruin Blend, and Wicked Wolf come in a sampler pack that would make a great gift and give the recipient several new experiences. Afterwards, the package, a reusable tote with a distinctive logo, is useful and fun.

There are all kinds of creative names for different coffees up there. Some evoke the awakening power of caffeine: Fog Raiser, Resurrection Blend, or the-name-says-it-all Breakfast Blend for the eagerly awaited first cup of the day. Others relate to the frontier, like Tundra Mud, Skookum Blend (Chinook for strong/great), and Denali Mountain. Perhaps you can use them to reinforce a geography lesson or persuade someone to think of Alaska as a vacation destination next year.

Much Alaska coffee comes from family enterprises or small companies dedicated to brewing. The companies you'll see online support the local economy, support free trade farmers in many countries, and protect the planet by buying organically-grown beans. They buy from small country growers in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Guatemala, among others. There are regular, decaffeinated, and espresso blends, as well as some that made their home cafes famous.

No comments:

Post a Comment